Novation has announced Bass Station II, an analogue mono-synth based on the classic original Bass Station.
To celebrate our 21st birthday, Novation is proud to announce the launch of Bass Station II – a powerful analogue synth that’s made for bass but equally well adapted to leads.
Based on the classic Novation BassStation from 20 years ago, Bass Station II has been completely re-worked for the 21st Century, with two filters, two oscillators plus a sub-oscillator, patch save and a fully-analogue effects section. Plus there’s a step sequencer, arpeggiator, a two octave (25-note) velocity-sensitive keyboard with full-sized keys and a powerful modulation section. There’s even MIDI I/O and USB connectivity.
Bass Station II features
Analogue synth – brand new version of the classic BassStation: Bass Station II has a pure analogue audio signal path, reviving the spirit of the original BassStation with an all-new design optimised for bass.
Two distinct analogue filters: In addition to the original ‘Classic’ BassStation filter, there’s a brand new ‘Acid’ diode ladder filter for squelchy 303-esque bass sounds.
Load and save patches: 64 factory patches on-board with room for 64 more of your own. Save more to your computer via USB.
Pattern-based step sequencer and arpeggiator: Bass Station II has an arpeggiator with a programmable step sequencer that enables you to store and call up patterns as well as quickly sketch out ideas.
Instant hands-on control: Instant hands-on control of the sound engine via a traditional analogue synth control panel.
Two oscillators plus an additional sub oscillator: Bass Station II has two sync-able, tune-able oscillators with four selectable waveforms, plus a third sub-oscillator for generating enormous bass sounds.
Analogue effects section: Bass Station II includes fully analogue distortion and filter-modulation effects and a separate filter overdrive to add aggression and crunch.
Powerful modulation section featuring two Envelopes and two LFOs: Two ADSR envelopes for amp, filter, pitch and pulse width modulation alongside two LFOs with waveforms including triangle, sawtooth, square and sample & hold.
The Bass Station II is expected to start shipping in June, priced at £399.99 GBP / 469.99 EUR / $499.99 USD.
Novation has introduced the LaunchPad S, an updated version of its music controller.
Launchpad S is a powerful 64-button music controller that lets you make music or mix tracks using a super-intuitive grid of multi-colour buttons.
Launchpad S comes with Ableton Live music software (Launchpad Edition), used by some of the world’s top DJs and producers – plus it supports other grid-based music applications such as FL Studio.
Whether you’re a DJ, performing musician or studio producer, Launchpad gives you all you need to ‘play’ your software straight out of the box. Use the 64-button grid to launch and manipulate clips, trigger loops, fire off effects, control your mixer – and much more. Launchpad S also triggers loops and effects in the new Novation Launchpad app for iPad; a totally self-standing music performance app that hosts sounds and effects.
Launchpad S features
The new 64-button grid music controller with MORE – All the features of the original – now with much brighter buttons, faster refresh and expanded app/system support.
Supports Ableton Live and other grid music applications – Ableton Live software is in the box – also supports FL Studio with no additional drivers. And your iPad!
Control your mix – Including volume, pans, sends, track arming, soloing and muting. Launchpad S lets you jump to different levels across eight channels at once.
Launchpad iPad app – Trigger loops and effects using the Launchpad app on iPad – Launchpad S can be plugged into your iPad and fully powered with a Camera Connection Kit.
Take it anywhere – Launchpad S is fully USB bus powered – no need for power sockets or batteries – and it’s lightweight and easy to carry anywhere.
More software and sample content – Comes with the Novation Bass Station synth plug-in and over one gigabyte of Loopmasters samples.
The Launchpad S will be released in April 2013, with a suggested retail price of $169.99 USD.
Gigaloops has announced the release of V-Station Invasion, a soundset for the V-Station software synthesizer by Novation.
New V-Station Sound Bank contains 128 exciting sounds for Novation’s V-Station Synthesizer. All programmed by Gigaloops ready for you to spice up your productions!
This Sound Bank is perfect for producing Electro House, Dub Step, D&B and all Dance Electronic Music Style. Fresh and original presets from Bass, leads, Syn Arp, Drum Kit to Arp Tech, Hoover,House Lead, fx and Dub sounds free to use in your productions. (Compatible with Novation Hardware)
The soundset is available to purchase for £6.00 GBP. A purchase currently includes a free download of the V Station sound bank 2010.
This pack not only presents fine unique One Shot samples for the use in numerous music styles, it´s heart actually is a special programmed arpeggiator for the Novation Launchpad (made for Ableton´s Live – 8.2 or higher needed). Rather than explaining this crazy thing we advice to watch the following demo video:
Naturally this pack´s 329 samples can be used without a Launchpad and Live to produce kicking Techno, (Deep) House, Hip Hop, Electro, Experimental, Ambient and more.
Additionally we provided VST sampler instruments with all the one shots of the pack implemented for quick starting.
The sound library is available from Sounds To Sample for $20 USD.
Novation has announced the release of the Launchpad for iPad, a free music performance app.
The app follows some of the key features from the ‘Launchpad’ hardware, now used by many of the world’s famous DJs and performers, but strips out much of the complexity.
Eight volume sliders allow quick volume changes and simple FX modes add fun ways to remix your music and make your performances unique.
Together with the Launchkey app, they transform Novation’s new Launchkey hardware into a synth and loop triggering workstation for performing and producing music with your iPad. The launch pads on the Launchkey hardware trigger loops in the app and you can get hands-on control of levels with Launchkey’s physical faders.
The Launchpad app comes with a specially assembled sample pack that has been put together by world leading sample producers: Loopmasters.
Launchpad for iPad features
8×6 Launchpad grid for triggering up to 8 loops and sounds at a time.
8 volume sliders and 8 filter sliders.
FX section for adding repeat and synced filter effects.
Premium content library from Loopmasters.
Load new complete sessions and sounds.
Global Tempo change.
Edit mode for loading samples.
Autosave – never lose your sessions.
The Launchpad app for iPad is a free download at the iTunes App Store.
Hollow Sun has announced it has updated its Freepacks sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Freepacks includes the SQ Strings lush analogue string sound from the Ensoniq SQ80.
Amongst them, you’ll find THE PolyMoog Keyboard 280e ‘Vox Humana’ (THE sound used on Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’), Polymoog Strings I and II, various pads, Ensoniq SQ80 strings, Buddhist instruments, Novachord, Speak & Spell and Novation BassStation…
These raise the ante as to what expect of a freebie with sumptuous GUIs and flexibility one doesn’t even get from some ‘payware’ Kontakt products – an LFO, multimode/dual slope filter, dual envelopes for a great deal of synthesis flexibility plus chorus > flange/phase shifter > stereo/mono echo into convolution reverb with custom impulses multiFX all in an an easy to use and compact panel. They come with documentation and many with preset variations. There are some simpler Kontakt 3.5 freebies too. And they are all free for you to enjoy.
These are not compromised or crippled in any way – all perfectly looped and totally and professionally usable. My thanks (as always) to Mario/Evil Dragon of this parish for his masterful scripting.
Why? Well, we believe in bringing quality sounds at affordable prices and you don’t get cheaper than free. Also, it gives a taster of what’s on offer and what we get up to here at HS Towers. We do ok out of this business so it’s nice to give a bit back. And yes, if these entice some to put their hands in their pockets and buy some stuff, so much the better.
The Freepacks libraries are available to download at no cost. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher, full version.
Novation has announced Launchkey, a new series of keyboard controllers.
Launchkey is a range of 25, 49 and 61 note keyboard controllers with up to 50 physical controls including 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour trigger-pads that launch clips and scenes in Ableton Live.
As well as enabling hands-on control of your DAW’s mixer, instruments and more, Launchkey is an integrated software/hardware instrument. The control surface has been designed to work tightly alongside two intuitive apps for iPad: the Launckey app and the Launchpad app* – plus the powerful V-Station & Bass Station synth plug-ins for Mac and Windows.
Create – Integrated software/hardware instrument with apps for Mac, PC and iPad – Launchkey comes with a brand new Launchkey app and Launchpad apps for iPad and the powerful Novation V-Station and Bass Station synth plug-ins for Mac and PC.
Control – ‘InControl’ technology connects hardware controls directly to all major DAWs – Quick, hands-on control of your mixer, transport and more in Ableton, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase and Logic.
Launch – 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour launch pads – Two rows of launch pads for playing and sketching out drum beats, or launching and improvising with loops using the Launchpad app – they also launch clips and scenes in Ableton Live.
Play – Professional synth-styled keyboard with over 50 hardware controls – Synth-styled velocity-sensitive keyboard with precision accuracy and fast action – software control via 50 faders, knobs, pads and buttons (35 on 25-note version).
DAW Control – Instant access to major DAW control parameters – with no assignment necessary.
Bus powered – no PSU required – Launchkey is fully bus-powered, even with iPad. Just plug it in and go, with no power supply or batteries.
One gigabyte Loopmasters sample pack – Launchkey includes one gigabyte of Loopmasters sample content including artist packs, drum samples and sound FX.
Ableton Live Lite – Ableton’s ground-breaking performance and production software is included with Launchkey.
The Launchkey will be available in March (49) and April (25/61).
Image-Line has introduced the FLaunchpad contest, a chance to win an exclusive Novation Launchpad based FLaunchpad controller.
This is your chance to WIN a very rare and exclusive FLaunchpad. Only 10 were ever made and two are up for grabs! All you have to do is follow this link to check the details and upload your YouTube or Vimeo FL Studio Performance Mode video. Any musical style welcome!
The competition is open to registered Image-Line customers using the FL Studio 10.5 Beta or higher and closes January 7th, 2013.